Age: 30 years old
Weight: 250 pounds
4.5-6 Degrees Callaway X2 Hot, 47 inches, 3X Flex, House of Forged Platinum Edition
Callaway Golf, House of Forged, Biosteel Supplements, Champs
2013 Remax World Long Drive Las Vegas 8 Finalist, 2014 Remax World Long Drive Las Vegas 8 Finalist
What is your longest drive in competition?
What were the conditions of the drive?
Hi 70’s with a 20mph tailwind
What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?
About 145 mph
What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?
I love the simple look of the Callaway clubs. They are the most durable heads out there and the feel is second to none. The shaft flex is based on competition swing speeds. The House of Forged Platinum is the best feeling and most responsive shaft I’ve ever hit.
Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?
For the most part it’s a 5-10 yard cut. For the amateur I always say play the shot shape that you can control. Draw or fade doesn’t matter, controlling backspin is the key to hitting the ball as far you can.
Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?
I work with the Orange Whip to help with tempo. I also work with underweight clubs to develop more hand speed.
Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?
I train at STARS Performance in Anaheim Ca. We primarily work on leg, core and hip strength and stability. We do a little upper body but not a ton. You have to have strong stable legs and core to not only swing faster but also be able to control that speed.
Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?
Be more efficient, stop trying to swing harder than you are capable of. Work on ball speed, launch angle and…
Read the rest of what Matt has to say about the Long Drive in the January 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here: